Saab Gripen vs F-16 Fighting Falcon

Saab JAS 39 Gripen vs F-16 Fighting Falcon Comparison

Gripen infographicF16 infographic

Gripen vs F-16 Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - GRIPENPER HOUR - F-16E

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY SAAB JAS 39 GRIPEN F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR Rating 81% 78%
Armament 8.0/10 7.9/10
Technology 8.0/10 9.0/10
Avionics 7.9/10 9.0/10
Maneuverability 9.0/10 7.9/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 55k ft/min max. 254 m/s – 50k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.02 1.11
Service Ceiling 16 km – 50k ft 15 km – 50k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 1.06 km/l – 2.49 NM/gallon 0.91 km/l – 2.13 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 45.000.000 USD 35.000.000 USD
Overall Rating very good very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN F-16E/F BLOCK 60
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AIM-120 AMRAAM
AAM origin NATO USA
Year in 2013 in 1997
Range (mile) 62 45
Range (km) 100 75
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Radar Raven ES-05 AN/APG-80
Radar overall rating very good excellent
BVR Technology 80% 82%
BVR Def. Tech. 79% 77%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-1.5 0.5-1.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Cannon Mauser BK-27 M61A1 Vulcan
Caliber (mm) 27 mm 20 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 1700 rpm 6000 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 1050 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 30% 30%
Maneuverability 9.0 7,9
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1.02 1,11
AAM (first) MBDA MICA AIM-7 Sparrow
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T IRIS-T
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 74% 58%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN F-16E/F BLOCK 60
Length 14.10 m – 46 ft 3 in 15.0 m – 49 ft 4 in
Wingspan 8.40 m – 27 ft 7 in 9.45 m – 31 ft 0 in
Wing area 30.1 m² (325 sq ft) 28.0 m² – 300 sq ft
Height 4.50 m – 14 ft 9 in 5.1 m – 16 ft 8 in
Weight 6,800 kg – 12,6k lb 10,000 kg – 22,1k lb
Power 1 x 80 kN – 18k lbf 1 x 145 kN 32k lbf